K12 Headlines

5/21/2014

5/21/2014

At one New Jersey high school, it’s all about thinking outside the box. New Milford High is going super high-tech with 3D “virtual classrooms.” It’s part of a pilot program where students and teachers explore the possibilities of virtual learning by breaking down the barriers of a traditional classroom.

5/21/2014

Venture investor Ron Conway's alliance of tech companies, SF.citi, has decided that its signature initiative of 2014 will be to start linking its 900 members with volunteer programs in San Francisco's 116 public schools. The beauty of this program is that it won't be a top-down, self-interest-driven outreach. The principals themselves will be asked what they need at the classroom level.

5/21/2014

With technology available to every student and every teacher, the idea is that school will be better tailored to students' needs and also better able to prepare them for the future. The promise of technology is paired with a threat, however. Without access to computers, the Internet and these new types of learning, advocates argue that U.S. students will be left behind.

5/21/2014

The Pasco County district doesn’t have enough technicians to handle the demands of 80 schools. Under the first year of its reorganization proposal, the Office for Technology and Information Services would grow from 87 employees to 111, with 13 of the new positions being technology services technicians.

5/21/2014

NETGEAR has expanded its line of ProSAFE business-class wireless products with two new products, ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller and ProSAFE WN370 Wall Mount Access Point with Power over Ethernet. These devices are designed to offer easy-to-deploy access for K12 schools and other mid-sized facilities.

5/21/2014

Various schools in the Nazareth Area School District soon will have technology upgrades as a result of $175,000 in expenditures for new equipment. The expenditures are part of the district's five-year technology plan. The upgrades include $127,970 worth of wireless systems throughout Nazareth Area High School and Nazareth Area Intermediate School to address Internet "dead" zones.

5/21/2014

The Anaheim City School District has chosen to implement the TIPWeb‐IM textbook inventory system from Hayes Software Systems. This solution will be implemented across the school system’s 24 schools, which serve 19,000 students.

5/21/2014

Math drills and mystery intersect in Dig-It! Games’ newest iOS app, Loot Pursuit: Pompeii. The interactive educational game, which expands the Loot Pursuit series beyond the original site at Tulum, provides a hands-on, drills-based approach to solving math problems that align to the Common Core Mathematics Standards for sixth and seventh grade.

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Education technology-focused startups are experiencing their biggest boom ever, with 99 new companies raising over $500 million in the first quarter of 2014. This is up from just 20 companies that raised $64 million in 2009, according to startup activity database CrunchBase.

5/21/2014

CEV Multimedia and Frenship Independent School District (FISD) announced a pilot program that assists the district's preparation for Texas House Bill 5. Counselors and educators at FISD will use iCEV, an online platform that produces and delivers comprehensive educational content, to guide students through the new process of choosing endorsement areas of study.

5/21/2014

An old gymnasium at Kettering University is being transformed into a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Community Center, which will house eight high school robotics teams. There, the teams can build robots, practice, collaborate with other teams, and get assistance from professors and students from the college.

5/21/2014

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has selected Blackboard to deliver its Innovative Classroom solution for professional learning and collaboration for the department's over 60,000 educators in more than 2,000 public schools.

5/21/2014

The state's share of funding lags behind 40 other states. No formula has been set for education aid, but that may change. A bipartisan commission to make recommendations on a new funding formula for the commonwealth has been set up. But questions remain about how quickly the commission will act and how far it will go.

5/21/2014

The education our schools deliver has not kept pace with the advancing role of technology in our economy. There is agreement that growth in STEM jobs over the next four to six years will far outpace the growth in non-STEM jobs. Yet, of the students produced by our K12 schools who are prepared for college-level math and science, less than a quarter decide to pursue a STEM major in college.

5/21/2014

A task force assigned to study a post-Labor Day start date for Maryland schools will recommend that the summer break be extended. The state comptroller's office released an economic impact study that found that pushing back the start of the school year would have a $74.3 million effect on the state economy.

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